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GRIEG, Edvard • EVJU, Helge

GRIEG: Piano Concerto In A Minor (Percy Grainger Edition) • EVJU: Piano Concerto In B Minor (Realised From Grieg's Fragments)


  • Carl Petersson, piano
  • Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Kerry Stratton

Edvard Grieg first met Percy Grainger in London in 1906 and the two became good friends, Grieg inviting the ‘Young Apollo’ to spend the summer of 1907 with him at Troldhaugen where they revised the famous Piano Concerto in A minor in preparation for a European tour later that year. Their alterations, enhancing dynamic clarity, resulted in the last edition “sanctioned by Grieg himself”, as Grieg died a few months later. Edvard Grieg had plans for a second piano concerto and wrote several piano sketches for a concerto in B-minor in 1883. He never completed it, but Norwegian composer Helge Evju has taken up the challenge to compose a work based on the incomplete concerto fragments, creating a romantic and beautiful companion concerto, faithful to Grieg’s musical style and flair.

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Tracklist

Grieg, Edvard
 
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16 (revised by P. Grainger) (1868) (00:27:00 )
1
I. Allegro moderato (00:11:36)
2
II. Adagio (00:06:01)
3
III. Allegro marcato (00:09:34)
4
Piano Concerto in B Minor (fragments) () (00:02:34)
Evju, Helge
 
Piano Concerto in B Minor (on fragments by E. Grieg) () (00:22:04 )
5
I. Moderato tranquillo * (00:05:41)
6
II. Scherzo * (00:04:10)
7
III. Adagio * (00:05:21)
8
IV Cadenza * (00:02:43)
9
V. Finale * (00:04:14)
Grieg, Edvard
10
6 Poems, Op. 25: No. 4. Med en vandlilje (With a Water Lily) (arr. H. Evju for piano) (1876) * (00:02:11)
11
6 Songs, Op. 48: No. 6. En drom (A Dream) (arr. H. Evju for piano) (1888) * (00:02:33)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 00:56:38

The Artist

Carl Petersson graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, where he completed both his studies in piano and pedagogy with José Ribera. During his studies he took part in numerous international masterclasses in Denmark, Sweden and Israel. In 2013 he received his PhD degree from the Music Academy in Kraków. He has performed as a soloist as well as with orchestras on numerous occasions in Canada, the United States, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, France, the Czech Republic, Germany and Israel.

One of the leading Czech orchestras, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra (PRSO) is also one of the oldest. Thanks to its imaginative programming and ever improving artistic standards it has earned an important position in Czech concert life. Guest conductors have included Václav Talich, Václav Neumann, Libor Pešek, Charles Munch, Franz Konwitschny, Hermann Scherchen, Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Charles Mackerras. The orchestra has always placed great importance on contemporary music and Sergey Prokofiev, Ottorino Respighi, Arthur Honegger, Aram Khachaturian, Ernst Krenek and Krzysztof Penderecki have conducted the PRSO performing their own compositions.
In the course of his international career Kerry Stratton has conducted orchestras in Europe, North America and Asia including the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, and many others. Stratton has also conducted concert tours of his native Canada with such ensembles as the Vienna Concert-Verein, Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia and the Georg Solti Chamber Orchestra of Budapest. With a particular fondness for Czech music Stratton won the 2000 Masaryk Award for his services to Czech and Slovak culture and was decorated by the Czech government in 2007 at Cernin Palace, Prague, with the Gratias Agit Award.